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High-speed broadband for Toomevara

Thursday, 12th October, 2017 9:34am
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High-speed broadband for Toomevara
High-speed broadband for Toomevara

Cathaoirleach of the Nenagh Municipal District Cllr John Carroll has welcomed progress on the rollout of high-speed broadband within Toomevara and throughout the length and breadth of the district.

The works currently underway will significantly improve broadband speeds in the area, facilitating well known local businesses with competing on an international stage. Cllr Carroll said this will also give a greater degree of confidence to residential dwellers living in rural areas.

The current improvement works involve upgrading of the local exchange in Toomevara village from traditional copper cabling to a more technologically advanced fibre optic cabling, which is essential for high-speed broadband, facilitating significant improved connectivity from current speeds of 2/3 MB to close on 100 MB.

The Toomevara exchange is one of 17 exchanges across the Nenagh Municipal District that is part of the broadband rollout throughout the district, and stretching across to Newtown/Portroe, and from Lower Ormond straddling Lough Derg to the uplands.

On completion of the upgraded exchanges, there will be an effective radius of 1.5km. For business and residential units outside of this radius, a new fibre optic cable will be extended on the regional roads for circa 4km on average by way of upgrading the existing Eir lines on existing poles.

This process will be rolled out over the next number of months with a completion date of June 2018, as per the contract. Residential units that are located in fairly remote /rural areas and which are outside the current contract, which was awarded by the Government to Open Eir, will have to wait until the final phase of the national broadband rollout scheme, which is due to commence in mid 2019, and this will result in practically all rural areas receiving significantly improved broadband speeds in an ever-changing technological era.

Cllr Carroll stated that he will continue with his efforts in highlighting the importance of the continued upgrade of the broadband programme in the Nenagh district and Tipperary, which will be extremely beneficial for economic activity, tourism, social interaction and an improved quality of service for all of the users in the years ahead.

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